Think Rustic Elegance to Create an Intimate Tablescape

  • Think Rustic Elegance to Create an Intimate Tablescape

    A 19th-century stone bank barn sets the stage for this intimate board of directors brunch.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Think Rustic Elegance to Create an Intimate Tablescape

    A 19th-century stone bank barn sets the stage for this intimate board of directors brunch.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Think Rustic Elegance to Create an Intimate Tablescape

    A 19th-century stone bank barn sets the stage for this intimate board of directors brunch.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm was once home to two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, theater director, producer, humorist and drama critic George Kaufman.

Kaufman purchased Barley Sheaf Farm (which he dubbed Cherchez La Farm) in 1936 from Juliana Force, director of the Whitney Museum in New York. It is here that he collaborated with John Steinbeck to produce the theatrical version of Of Mice and Men in 1937 and wrote the stage play The Man Who Came to Dinner in 1939 with neighbor, American playwright and theater director Moss Hart.

Inspiration

Set in the 19th-Century Stone Bank Barn, the elements on this table play off the warmth of the original exposed rafters and stone fireplace. This intimate space inspires an informal design, in line with the nature of the meeting.

The Details

This table features a bountiful fall centerpiece overflowing with Agonis (Burgundy) Greens, Green Baby Artichokes, Cotinus Foliage (Smokebush), Feather Willow Seeded Eucalyptus, Euphorbia (Dog Eye) and Red Kansas Peonies. Olive branches abundantly run the span of the table and also rest upon each napkin. A glass of spiced cider adorned with one stick of cinnamon is placed at each table setting and poured from an antique brass carafe. Gold mercury glass votives sit upon the olive branches on the table as well as the mantle, pulling the fireplace into the experience.

Design Tip

Monica and Meghan Andris of Doylestown Flowers & Gifts encourage mixing metallics rather than being bound by tradition and formality.

This creation is one of the distillery’s most requested drinks and perfectly refreshing in the summertime.

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
— .25 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
— .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
— .75 oz. Penn’s Woods Syrup*

*Combine 40g fresh dill, 20g fresh basil and 10g dried coriander into one quart of simple syrup. Blend mixture, strain, and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

 

PCMA’s flagship event, Convening Leaders, brought industry professionals from 36 countries to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 6-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. “We built this conference around the theme Disrupt + Deliver because that’s what the industry needs and wants,’’ says PCMA President and CEO Sherriff Karamat. “We leave here with a greater commitment and better understanding of how business events can and must drive economic and social progress.’’

 

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